The Ultimate Earth Day
BY NATALIE PACE.
Ironically, it was on Earth Day, 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and spewing
at least 4. 9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. This was a wake-up call for the Bike Power Community, which has been celebrating Earth Day as a Day Without Oil ever since.
There are no rules. The Bike Power organizers encourage everyone to garage the car and power their lives by bike for a day.
There is so much to learn from and be inspired by taking a day
off from oil. The day moves slower. Ideas spark. Meaningful and
lasting change takes root.
28 Suggestions for Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1. Gift a bike to your local Goodwill or children's advocacy
group so that those most in need can pedal their way to health
and greater fiscal health, too.
2. Ride a bike to work and to do your errands. Plan now to make
this happen all day (or all weekend) long.
3. If you can't ride a bike or walk, choose mass transit or car-pool, instead of driving, or telecommute to work.
4. Videoconference instead of flying to a meeting.
5. Use reusable bags instead of plastic.
6. Eat local, organic and low on the food chain. (This means no
chocolate or coffee for Americans and Canadians. Acck!
Drink local beer, wine and spirits.)
7. Plant a tree.
8. Pay bills online.
9. Reduce, reuse and recycle.
11. Replace your light bulbs and CFLs with LED lighting.
12. Test drive an electric car.
13. Send this article to your local newspaper and ask them to
publicize Bike Power Weekend.
14. Send this article to 10 friends and ask them to send this article to 10 friends.
15. Join the Facebook community page at: facebook.com/Bik
16. Have fun.
17. Organize an Earth Day event at a local school; help parents
pedal their kids to school.
18. Stop investing in oil in your 401K, IRA, annuity and pension
plans. Join NataliePace.com and read You Vs. Wall Street to
learn how now.
19. Use wind, solar and geothermal energy to power your home,
office and electric car.
20. If you must drive, gas up on Monday and don't refuel until
21. Get creative about avoiding gasoline and petroleum products
for an entire week!
22. Wear cotton instead of polyester.
23. Organize a bike ride in your town or city.
24. Unplug your cell phone chargers immediately after your
phone is charged. (Leaving it plugged in is like leaving the
lights on all the time -- a big energy drain.)
25. Tour the first platinum LEED-rated home in the U.S. online
26. Get more green tips at Energysavers.gov/tips.
27. Learn more about energy efficiency retrofits and Passive
House building at PassiveHouse.US.
28. Buy and use less of everything!
Natalie Wynne Pace is the author of The ABCs of Money and Put Your Money Where Your
Heart Is. Learn more at NataliePace.com.
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